Channing Tatum is looking to quit this whole acting business ... for a year, anyway.
The "Magic Mike" star will take a break from being in front of the camera to concentrate on being behind the camera in 2013, according to an interview with Inside Movies. Tatum is looking to take the time to focus on his directorial debut with his production partner, Reid Carolin.
"[Reid and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we're going to shut things down and write the first thing that we're going to direct," said Tatum, "We’re going to be like, all right, no more acting parts for a minute, let's take a few and really get caring about that section of our career."
Tatum and Carolin have been working on screenplays for "Magic Mike 2" and an Evel Knievel biopic, though the main source of directing inspiration has come from Tatum's "Magic Mike" and "Haywire" director, Steven Soderbergh.
"I don't think Reid and I would have the balls to try to make a movie without learning what we did from Soderbergh and [assistant director] Greg Jacobs," he said. "It was like a crazy crash course Cliff Notes on directing and how to make movies, literally get them done. We had a 'Matrix'-style download, like a plug in the back of the head and bloop! I know Kung Fu now."
We'll see anything that involves the Sexiest Man Alive, whether he's acting, writing, directing or serving coffee during SAG-enforced mini-breaks. So it's pretty safe to say that we'll be following the developments of his upcoming directorial debut with a certain level of giddiness.
Even though Tatum is taking a break from acting in 2013, you certainly won't really notice, as he's scheduled to appear in no less than four feature films: Soderbergh's "Side Effects" (Feb. 8), "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (March 29), "White House Down" (June 28) and "Foxcatcher."